The golden yellow terrace that rests midway down Macleay Street in Potts Point was once a gallery, exhibiting work from some of the city’s most fabled and famous artists, including John Olsen and Robert Hughes. Later it became an artist residence, inspired by Van Gogh and a vision he’d once had about a space for artists to live, work and exhibit – The Yellow House artist collective was described as the very culmination of Sydney’s underground scene in the early seventies, and counted Brett Whitely, Ellis D Fogg and George Gittoes as members. This month however, the house takes on a different shade of yellow as the team behind hatted Sydney venues Bentley Restaurant & Bar and Monopole open their latest restaurant venture within the historically colourful landmark – Yellow.
Co-owner and sommelier Nick Hildebrandt says Yellow paces the middle ground between Bentley and Monopole, “Yellow is right in the middle with elements of both.” The focus here is Parisian neo-bistro, with an original a la carte menu offering a modern, inventive and purely seasonal interpretation of the classic French idea. Begin with lamb tongue, pickled green raisons and puffed black rice, and follow up with glazed eggplant and quinoa or organic chicken with celtuce and black garlic sauce. The goat's milk yoghurt ice cream sandwich is almost too beautiful to eat, while coconut sorbet with lime, mint and cucumber soup is light and fresh.
Melbourne designer Pascal Gomes-McNabb is responsible for the interior at Yellow – a softly lit dining room with accents of canary, mustard and saffron. The front terrace space will be pleasant on fast approaching balmy summer evenings, while the bar inside emits a cool but cozy glow.
Yellow follows the same ethos as the team’s first two venues, “It’s about producing a good product that’s original, cutting edge and modern,” Hildebrandt says. “It’s what people have come to expect from us.”
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